January 28, 2022 Message from Pastor Alessandri

January 28, 2022 Message from Pastor Alessandri (pdf)

January 28, 2022

GOOD NEWS OF EVERY DAY

It may be grey. It may be cold. Covid is still with us. AND you are loved by God eternally, dearly, wholly perfectly, from the edges of creation and heaven and back.

Just a feel-good music video (ignore solicitation request) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GzLHgdz4ag

 

PRAISE TEAM RETURNS on February 6th to provide musical leadership in worship. Under the stellar leadership of music director, Steve Pastena, the Praise Team will include vocalists, piano, guitar and now drums, too. Their calling is to help the congregation sing and praise our Lord in worship each first Sunday of the month.

FYI Steve is always looking for vocalists and musicians to add to our music ministry. Nancy Newkirk is eager to add ringers to the Bell Choir, too. If music is one of your gifts or passions, please consider sharing it with the congregation and give glory to our Lord.

AMAZING AND WE WERE A PART OF IT!
From the HARC (Hagerstown Area Religious Council) E-Message
Winter Clothing Drive Collects 4850 items for Afghan Refugees!

January 19, 2022

From November 28 through December 19, 2021, area congregations participated in a regional effort to collect winter clothing for Afghan refugees. Here’s what we collected:
1,383 coats
736 hats
596 gloves
444 scarves
1,585 socks
Other items also collected: blankets, sleepers, robes, snowsuits, vests and shoes. All items together totaled over 4,850!
This effort was a partnership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, HARC and Catholic Charities of Harrisburg, PA. The collection was a HUGE success with an outpouring of support from the community! Thanks to all who participated in this effort, including:
The Churches of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Hagerstown, Cumberland, and Hancock, MD, as well as in Chambersburg and McConnellsburg, PA; and in Berkley Springs and Keyser, WV.
Covenant Life Church
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Girl Scout Troop 15081
Haven Lutheran Church
Hebron Mennonite Church
Otterbein United Methodist Church
Rehoboth United Methodist Church
Salvation Army
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Trinity Reformed UCC of Boonsboro
Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown